Broadstone community Speed Watch – April 2018

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

‘The spring is here, the grass is ris, I wonder what this ‘Speed Watch is?’

Almost a year has passed since Broadstone Community Speed Watch became independent, and it is perhaps time to refresh the public understanding of ‘Community Speed Watch’.

Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a partnership initiative that is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging speed reduction. Reducing speed will directly contribute to saving lives and will improve the quality of life for all people in Dorset. Furthermore, it is an opportunity for community minded residents wishing to contribute to their community, to get involved in making the roads safer where they/you live.

CSW is manned by volunteers from local communities, and all volunteers must be approved by Dorset Police. Successful volunteers receive training and guidance from Dorset Police so as to enable them to mount CSW operations at the roadside.

CSW operations may only be mounted on roads ‘approved and risk assessed’ by Dorset Police, and where there is evidence of ‘speeding’ issues. Such roads will have posted speed limits of 20, 30 or 40 mph.

CSW volunteers do not have any powers of enforcement. However CSW volunteers do operate equipment specifically designed to monitor vehicle speeds. CSW volunteers are trained to observe and record the details of any vehicles exceeding the posted speed limit by a margin of 10% + 2mph (for example 30 mph speed limit +10% + 2mph = 35mph). Therefore vehicles being driven on a 30mph road, at 36mph and above will risk being reported to Dorset Police. Drivers observed using mobile telephones whilst driving, and/or not wearing a seat belt whilst driving may also be reported. Details recorded by CSW volunteers include the speed of the vehicle at the time of detection, the registration number, make, model and colour of the vehicle, as well as the time at which the vehicle was observed.

More on this in the next issue of Broadstone Link magazine, but in the meantime ‘Drive Safely’.

BCSW

Broadstone Speed Watch Statistics for 2018

This table is updated each month, showing totals since the beginning of recording from 1st January 2018.

Statistics for all roads monitored in Broadstone in the period from 1st January 2018.

Location Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads (1st January to 28th February 2018)
8 1704 37
Dunyeats Road 0 0 0
Higher Blandford Road 3 788 21
Lower Blandford Road 0 0 0
Springdale Road 2 393 1
West Way 0 0 0
Pinesprings Drive 3 523 15
Roman Road 0 0 0
Lancaster Drive 0 0 0
Clarendon Road 0 0 0

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – February 2018

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during February 2018.

All the roads in the table below are authorised by Dorset Police for carrying out speed watches. Those roads with no data had no speed watches during the month.

Location in Broadstone Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads (1st to 28th February 2018) 4 730 16
Dunyeats Road 0 0 0
Higher Blandford Road 2 494 12
Lower Blandford Road 0 0 0
Springdale Road 1 178 0
West Way 0 0 0
Pinesprings Drive 1 58 4
Roman Road 0 0 0
Lancaster Drive 0 0 0
Clarendon Road 0 0 0

 

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – January 2018

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during January 2018.

All the roads in the table below are authorised by Dorset Police for carrying out speed watches. Those roads with no data had no speed watches during the month.

Location in Broadstone Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads (1st to 31st January 2018) 4 974 20
Dunyeats Road 0 0 0
Higher Blandford Road 1 294 9
Lower Blandford Road 0 0 0
Springdale Road 1 215 1
West Way 0 0 0
Pinesprings Drive 2 465 11
Roman Road 0 0 0
Lancaster Drive 0 0 0
Clarendon Road 0 0 0

 

Dorset Police issue 45,000 speeding tickets in one year

NICKED: Tens of thousands of speeding tickets have been issued in Dorset

Police in Dorset issued 45,344 speeding tickets last year – placing it in the top 10 forces in the UK.

Top officers have defended the figure after it was revealed that Dorset is tenth in a table of ‘most speeding tickets issued in 2017’, coming behind forces including Kent, Humberside, Norfolk and Dundee.

During the year, one motorist was stopped travelling 96 miles per hour in a 30mph stretch.

Sergeant Mark Farrow of Dorset Police’s No Excuses team said officers will always take speeding seriously.

“Excessive and inappropriate speed has been identified as one of the ‘fatal five’ offences – offences identified as being the main contributing factors in fatal road traffic conditions,” he said.

“A priority of Dorset Police is to reduce the number of people killed and seriously harmed on Dorset’s roads.

“The impact of these collisions is devastating to individuals, families and communities.”

Asked if drivers travelling in the county should be concerned about being criminalised, Sgt Farrow said: “All motorists have a responsibility to drive according to road traffic legislation.

“Motorists travelling within Dorset should do so in a careful and considerate manner, ensuring they obey the laws of the road. In doing so they will help make Dorset safer and will have no concerns over being ‘criminalised’.

“Individuals who wish to disregard driving standards, road signs, speed limits or drive while under the influence of drink or drugs can expect to be dealt with for doing so.

“Dorset Police’s No Excuse Team, road policing team and territorial policing officers patrol 24/7 and will deal with offenders who put the public at risk of harm.”

Money generated from motorists who attend driving courses after being caught speeding is used to provide free community safety education sessions in Dorset.

“Speed limits are set for several reasons, including the intention to improve road safety and reduce the number of road traffic casualties,” Sgt Farrow said.

“Those exceeding speed limits decrease the time that they have to react if an unforeseen incident were to occur and increase the potential for injury to themselves and other road users if involved in a collision.

“The impact of the resulting trauma to the driver, other road users, families, friends, those observing the collision, as well as the cost to the public purse in dealing with that collision could be substantially reduced by drivers adhering to the signed limits.”

From April last year, speeding drivers have faced stricter penalties and much higher fees based on their earnings. New rules came into effect in the UK in 2017 which means offenders can now be charged up to 175 per cent of their weekly income.

The system rates the severity of the offence based on speed limit.


From the Bournemouth Echo on 19th January 2018

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – February 2018

Making Broadstone a safer place to live

A recent message from Martin Baker, Chair of Dorset Road Safe Tactical Group, stated that around 200 people are injured on our local roads each month. Across Dorset, road casualties cost the local economy around £160 million a year, of which at least £5 million directly impacts our NHS resources.

Statistics produced by the Department for Transport, in the Great Britain annual report for 2016, show that a total of 136,621 personal injury traffic accidents were reported to the Police. Of these reported accidents 1695 resulted in at least one fatality, an increase of 4% on 2015.

Fatalities by road user type in 2016:-

  • Car occupants 46%
  • Pedestrians 25%
  • Motorcyclists 18%
  • Cyclists 6%

In addition to the above the number of motorists found guilty in court of speeding rose sharply in the last 12 months. The number of convictions has risen by 28%, the highest increase since 2005.

Put this against a background where if you are caught speeding you will get three penalty points on your license and a fine which could be up to 150% of your weekly wage. The maximum fine is £1,000 for most roads, rising to £2,500 for excessive speeding on a motorway.

Penalty points on your license will also impact on insurance premiums.

Yet, and despite the above, the question most often addressed to Broadstone CSW members by motorists and others is ‘Why are you here?’.

The answer to that is Community Speed Watch was set up to enable communities themselves to contribute to:-

  • Reducing death and injury on the roads in their own community,
  • Improving the quality of life for road users and residents alike,
  • Increasing awareness of local speed limits,
  • Encouraging positive changes in driver behaviour.

Broadstone Community Speed Watch activities are not carried out so as to ‘interfere’ with drivers’ behaviour, but are a proactive approach to improving the safety and quality of life for all road users, and others living and working in and around our own community.

Please help us to make 2018 our safest year yet!

Thank you
Broadstone Community Speed Watch

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – December 2017

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during December 2017.

All the roads in the table below are authorised by Dorset Police for carrying out speed watches. Those roads with no data had no speed watches during the month.

Location in Broadstone Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads (1st to 31st December 2017) 3 692 12
Dunyeats Road 0 0 0
Higher Blandford Road 0 0 0
Lower Blandford Road 0 0 0
Springdale Road 1 238 1
West Way 0 0 0
Pinesprings Drive 2 454 11
Roman Road 0 0 0
Lancaster Drive 0 0 0
Clarendon Road 0 0 0

 

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – January 2018

Making Broadstone a safer place to live

January 2018 is now upon us, and the Broadstone Community Speed Watch team would like to wish our Broadstone community a happy, prosperous and safe New Year!

Looking back on 2017, this was without doubt the busiest year ever for your BCSW, with more operations being mounted on our local roads than ever before, this only possible through the considerable efforts of your BCSW team, and with the outstanding support of our Broadstone community. So a sincere ‘thank you’ to one and all.

However, and mindful of the above, Community Speed Watch does have a major challenge just like any other volunteer group, and that is to attract new members to join our team. So if you think you might be able to offer a maximum of one hour a week then do contact either Dorset Police on-line and complete the on-line form provided, or contact us directly by e-mail ‘enquiries@broadstonecsw.uk’. With more team members your commitment could be extended to one hour every fortnight or even less?

On Community Speed Watch generally, Dorset Police are putting resources and much effort into changing and improving the image of CSW, and to raising standards amongst the Community Speed Watch teams across the County. Policies and procedures are being revised and updated, reporting systems improved, and operating standards raised to ensure continuity and consistency regarding the implementation and effectiveness of such standards. Without doubt the benefits of this endeavour will be felt by all communities and road users alike, so 2018 could be an interesting year.

Locally, BCSW will continue to operate throughout the winter months, as and when weather permits. Conditions at times will be challenging, this particularly for drivers who do not have the luxury of a garage. Do make sure that your windscreens and windows are cleared of frost and/or snow before you set off on your journey. Look at weather forecasts and be aware of likely road conditions. Poor visibility may be an issue so do check that your vehicle lights and windscreen wipers are in good working order.

Think safe, be safe!

Thank you.
Broadstone Community Speed Watch

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – November 2017

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during November 2017.

All the roads in the table below are authorised by Dorset Police for carrying out speed watches. Those roads with no data had no speed watches during the month.

Location in Broadstone Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads (1st to 30th November 2017) 11 4049 78
Dunyeats Road 1 303 4
Higher Blandford Road 2 851 13
Lower Blandford Road 1 554 0
Springdale Road 3 1073 15
West Way 0 0 0
Pinesprings Drive 4 1268 46
Roman Road 0 0 0
Lancaster Drive 0 0 0
Clarendon Road 0 0 0